Jaime King Praises Taylor Swift For Apple Music Win, Urges Similar Changes For Streamed TV Shows
Jaime King took to Instagram on Monday to praise her BFF and unborn son’s godmother Taylor Swift for convincing Apple Music to pay artists during its free three-month trial period. In a lengthy post, King wrote that she was proud of the pop star for “supporting artistry and the support of artists big and small.” King, however, noted that she hopes similar changes can be made in Hollywood, revealing that actors are not paid for TV episodes viewed on streaming sites such as Hulu, Amazon and Netflix.
“‘Hart of Dixie’ is one of the top watched shows on Hulu and helped us receive renewal many times – yet they say it’s not ‘quantifiable’ so we don’t get paid. Period. Not one cent,” wrote King, adding, “Before streaming, actors, writers, producers & directors were paid residuals for every episode watched. Which is how those in our industry would live in between work.”
The actress pointed out that people nowadays rarely watch live TV shows, which means “actors etc. do NOT receive any money for episodes watched” on streaming services. She continued, “It’s imperative that ALL artists are paid for their work and for the loving that they put into in whilst the corporations make hundreds of millions yet claim they [know] nothing. It’s a conflict, because we want you to watch our shows and are grateful for streaming because it allows people to discover new series.”
King stated that a number of studios make deals directly with streaming services, but don’t “pay the people making the shows come to life.” She concluded her screed by writing, “Thank you for encouraging change @taylorswift and I really hope that one day that will cross over into our field.”
As Gossip Cop reported, Swift wrote an open letter to Apple Music on Sunday shaming them for its policy of not paying songwriters, artists and producers during a free three-month trial period being offered to fans. Late Sunday, one of Apple’s senior vice presidents tweeted that the company heard Swift’s complaint and would “pay artist[s] for streaming even during customer’s free trial period.”